Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg Albert-Ludwigs-Universität university library building architecture design exterior view
Sebastian Bender , Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg
Library Details
Basic Information
University library
Year of opening
Total Cost
52,000,000 EUR
University / Institution
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Platz der Universität 2
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

The number of study spaces available was to be vastly increased, and a much more diversified and differentiated study and research environment planned. Quiet study spaces in the reading rooms and the access to the open stacks on the one hand were to be kept strictly separate from the necessarily louder and livelier group work areas and learning lounges (called “Parlatorium”) on the other.
The new building was also required to be capable of operating 24/7 and to provide an RFID-driven self-service infrastructure backed by a corresponding media transport system. At the same time, the area for the open stacks was to be increased by the conversion of the erstwhile underground car park. Last but not least, the building had to provide enough capacity to absorb one of the larger faculty libraries.


The university library is located at the very heart of the city, in immediate proximity to the university’s humanities buildings.

The building’s key characteristic is its permeability between the – for the most part – freely accessible open-stacks and the non-circulating collection on the floors above. These also offer more than 1,700 study spaces for the patrons: from traditional quiet areas to modern learning lounges.

From the outset, the design aimed at allowing the library to offer 24/7 service and to provide an RFID-driven self-service infrastructure, backed by a corresponding media transport system.

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New Project Data
New building
Yes / 2006

Total Floor Area
20,811 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
10,250 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
75,000 linear meters
Number of Staff
150 FTE
Total Seating Capacity
Group Study Rooms
Individual Study Rooms

Late, Weekend
Additional Features
Special Rooms

2 seminar rooms, 2 seminar rooms in Media Center

Special Features
Additional Comments

Main usable area is in old building, of 1978. Total capacity of 3.410.000documents.